We couldn’t forget about LongHorn’s rise to success on this list. A worthy alternative to Texas Steakhouse, LongHorn is slightly less casual in atmosphere (there’s no shelling of peanuts to be had here), but that certainly doesn’t mean they are light on fun. LongHorn not only has an impressive menu of grilled entrees, they also have one of the best in-house bars of all the chain restaurants in the U.S.
The name of this next restaurant tells no lies. They do have some great cheddar in the dishes, but, most importantly, they make everything from scratch and prepare virtually nothing in-advanced. This may sound like an exaggeration for a chain restaurant, but they actually hire more cooks than your average restaurant in order to live up to their name. It’s fast service without compromise, and still with fantastic menu prices, to boot. It’s no surprise that this Texas-native chain has rocketed in popularity.
An American restaurant countdown without a proper burger joint isn’t a real list, so we’ve nominated the burger people-pleaser among them all: Red Robin. You want a juicy burger that is better than the one you could have easily thrown on the grill at home? Well, they have over a dozen signature burgers at any given time, with plenty of room for customization. The meat is juicy and the portion sizes are healthy, it’s the polar opposite of the two global giant’s offerings.
Yes, we know we have three steakhouses on this list, but it just so happens that these restaurants have some of the best food, not just steaks. Outback is a great example of creative dishes that compliment each other, which many restaurants could take some notes from. Their Bloomin’ Onion is a thing of beauty, it melds fast-food concept with restaurant execution. They’ve made their name as being the best place to take a group of friends for a night out at the ‘barby’ and it’s their charm that keeps us coming back for more.
Affordable sea food, particularly lobster and crabs, just isn’t a common sight in the restaurant bizz, outsize of Red Lobster. As with Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster is incredibly successful partly due to having more than just amazing main courses, but also great sides, like their infamous cheddar biscuits. Beyonce’s hit single “Formation” helped a new generation discover this consistently delicious sea food restaurant.